St. Michael's Church
Orthodox Church in America
Jermyn, Pennsylvania
January 17, 2016
January 17, 2016


St. Michael’s Orthodox Church

308 Walnut St.

Jermyn, Pennsylvania 18433


Very Rev. John Kowalczyk

Phone: 876-1241 – Cell: 561-8696

Protodeacon Gabriel Petorak

Phone: 876-0411 (Diocesan Website)

Sub-Deacon Vasili Gardecki: 209-6086

Reader Vasili Dubee: 254-9720

Church Website:




Joseph Krenitsky (President)

Phone: 876-2770


Prof. Oleg Beljaeff: 876-5236

 Reader Vladimir Kitchura: 903-3475

Reader Greg Bertholf: 282-6268

George Petorak Manager: 876-0377

St. Michael’s Center: 876-3454


Gospel: Luke 18:18-27


January 17th, 2016

Epistle: Col. 1:12-18

  Venerable Anthony the Great



Schedule of Services


Sunday, January 17th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, January 23rd: Great Vespers 4:00 p.m.


Sunday, January 24th: Matins 8:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m., Parastas for Helen Susko, offered lovingly by her son John Susko.




Home Made Cabbage Roll Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 23rd: 2 Cabbage Rolls, Potato Salad, Roll, Veggie & Dessert - $12.00. Take Out Only from NOON – 3:00 P.M. For advance orders call Ruthy at 876-1456, or St. Michael’s Center at 876-3454. Please see Mary Mathena for Tickets this morning.


Church Bread (Prosphora) baking will take place on Monday, January 18th at 8:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s Center. A Special thank you to Eva Demchak and her faithful crew in making the Prosphora we use for our Divine Liturgy.


Renovating Project Goal was set at $25,000 for the repair and replacement necessary at the Church Rectory and the Choir Director's Rectory. Please use the envelopes provided for you located in the Vestibule. We have reached the $9,300.00 mark and still growing. We thank you for the support given.


Renovating Donations: $300.00 offered by Ruthann Lasichak, and $25.00 offered by Joane Yurchak. Flower Donation: $50.00 offered by Anthony Franchak. May God bless you for your donations!


The Annual March for Life will be held this Friday, January 22nd in Washington D.C. Fr. John will be attending and he is one of the organizers and the original founder in the Orthodox Church of her participation in this national event. If anyone is interested in attending, please call the rectory.


St. Tikhon’s Seminary FOCA Dinner will be held next Sunday, January 24th, at St. Michael’s Center with an opening Moleben at 4:00 our Church. Please support this FOCA chapter. A Concert will follow at St. Michael’s Center by the Seminary Mission Choir. $15.00 Adults, children 7-12 $11.00. Children 6 and under eat free. Please see Matushka Kathy for RSVP.


The 53rd Diocesan Assembly will be hosted this year by St. Michael’s Orthodox Church in Jermyn, on Thursday, January 28th, beginning with registration to be held at the Church at 3:00 p.m. This will be followed by Vespers and Dinner at St. Michael’s Center. The Divine Liturgy will be held on Friday, January 29, at 8:30 a.m. which will be followed by the formal Assembly at St. Michael’s Center. Archbishop Mark and all the Clergy and delegates from our Diocese will be present. This is a historical event for our Church.


November, 2015, Income: Church $5,157.00, Dues $1,438.00, Candles $856.00, Donation $2,000.00, Christmas in September $23,796.00, St. Michael’s Day Dinner $1,233.00, Christmas Flowers $200.00, Heat & Air $245.00. Community Bank (borrowed) $10,000.00 Total: $44,925.00 November Expense: $34,178.10 (+$10,746.90)


We are in the process of up-dating our Parish membership. If you are in arrears in the Church dues, please make every effort to fulfill this basic financial obligation before the end of the year.


Church Calendars for 2016 have arrived. A Special thank you to Charles Battenberg for this Annual Donation. You may pick them up this morning.


First Ethnic Food sale will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at St. Michael’s Center. Please mark your calendar and plan accordingly.


Please remember in your prayers: Olga Svatko and Michael Klaptach who are guests at the Wayne Woodlands Manor, in Waymart. Ann Butler is a guest at Elm Croft Mid-Valley, 89 Sturges Rd., Peckville, PA 18452. Peter and Helen Senio are at the Lackawanna Rehab Center.


Hostesses: Sunday, January 17th: Kay Fedirko, Annabel Franchak, Helen Grancy; January 24th: Ruthann Lasichak, Joan Lasichak, Matushka Kathy Kowalczyk; January 31st: Victoria Kravetsky, Teresa Krenitksy.


Thought for the Day: “Oppose no man in anything; do not quarrel, and do not lie, and do not swear by the name of the Lord your God. Be despised, and do not despise. Be wronged, and do not wrong. It is better for things of the body to perish with the body than for something pertaining to the soul to be hurt. Go to court with no man, but endure to be condemned, being uncondemned.” + St. Isaac the Syrian.

Thank you for all the support everyone has given during the COVID -19 Virus Pandemic. When you are not in Church for the services, please send in your weekly envelopes on a timely basis or please use the above donation button. Your donations are sincerely appreciated, as we have routine expenses that must be met. May God protect you during this difficult time.

St. Michael Orthodox Church
305 Walnut Street; Jermyn, PA 18433
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